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One of the greatest pleasures of having a space of your own is decorating it how you choose. When I owned my previous home, I absolutely loved designing a cozy, yet simple space. Each room had a simple theme where I chose a few design elements as inspiration. As an example, the living room had a French chic vibe centered around an Eiffel Tower sculpture and a few French souvenirs I had found on a trip to Paris. Now that I’m in a smaller space that’s not really my own, it’s been a bit more challenging making the small space I have my own. But, I’ve managed fairly well. When it comes to home & design, I’m an avid fan of beautiful surroundings and objects. I am, after all, a Taurus and we Taureans love to be surrounded by beauty.
It’s no secret that I am obsessed with all things interiors. The small space I do have, comes through in snippets on Instagram and through this blog, so I thought this week I’d give you an insight into some of the books that I turn to for interior design inspiration. And of course, most of these have a minimalist vibe to them.
I’ll be the first to admit that minimalism does NOT have to be vanilla. In fact, I believe it shouldn’t be. Minimalism should be what you make of it. And being the feeling based INFJ that I am, I’m a firm believer that colour in your space affects your emotions and how you feel. So it’s no surprise that I love Hans Blomquist’s book ‘In the Mood For Colour’. The book includes colour palettes for every mood – moody blues, dramatic backdrops, and harmonious contrast are a few of the aesthetics within.
And for the minimalists in us, there’s a section called Pale, Swedish Heritage, and Ice, Cloud & Snow which includes Crisp White Linen. In fact, the section on Swedish Heritage is an ode to simplicity. This book is one of my faves for sure and will be one I purchase (instead of loaning from the library time and time again).
I adore this book. In fact, it was a toss up between this one and ‘In the Mood for Colour’ for first place on this list. So you could say these first two books are a tie. I mean, between creating a space based on emotions and one whose author is a firm believer in Thoreau – it’s a tough call. Tricia is a firm believer in Henry David Thoreau’s message to “simplify, simplify.” The backdrop for her life is not spending a lot of time maintaining her home and space, and how to streamline things. At the same time, she is a collector and keeps harmony through editing and arranging.
I love her thoughts on this – because while they are minimalist based, collecting is still okay. And if there’s anything I collect, it’s books and vintage tea cups.
I highly recommend reading the introduction in full, titled ‘An Edited Life.’ The chapter that interested me most was Home/Work and the checklist she offers for Organization and Supplies. This is another book I would consider purchasing to keep around for future reference.
Life is an adventure, it’s a story to be told. And what better way to tell your story than by how your arrange and decorate your home? This design philosophy is how I decorate. Going back to the intro of this post, you may remember the Eiffel Tower sculpture I decorated a room around. That’s how I operate. I style a room based on a feeling or an object that elicits a memory or feeling. Hilary Robertson’s ‘the stuff of life’ speaks to who I am. She talks to styling based on a narrative or telling a story or by practicality and displaying useful things. Based on her philosophy, I’m a neatnik combined with a naturalist – more so on the neatnik side. This is another book that I religiously take out from the library for inspiration. And if you want to find out your real home style, you’ll just have to take a flip through the pages of this book.
‘Farrow and Ball has defined colour choices of a generation.’ What better book to have in this list than one from a company founded in 1946 and that has been a mainstay in the design community. This book is magnificent – found within are pages with different textures, colour themes and even a manual on choosing the perfect shade of white (142 total). This book is an asset for designing every element of a space. The flatlays of tools and colour swatches are as beautiful as they are helpful. ‘With advice on everything from the creative potential of floor paint to how light affects colour, How to Decorate is set to become the definitive interior design sourcebook.’ I couldn’t agree more and this book will be in hand when I have my own space to design in the near future.
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